Dr. Paul E. Resta holds the Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professorship in Instructional Technology and serves as Director of the Learning Technology Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches advanced graduate courses in instructional technology, including technology planning and management and computer-supported collaborative learning. His current work focuses on web-based learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning, and planning and policy issues in the use of information and communication technologies in teacher education.
Dr. Resta's leadership activities include serving as Chair of the Association for Teacher Educators National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education and as Chair of the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Working Group on E-Learning for Teacher Development. He's the recipient of several awards including a lifetime achievement award for his work in education from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).
Karen French is the coordinator for the IDEA Studio. She holds a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology as well as a Master's degree in Anthropology. She is certified to teach both Spanish and Latin and taught high school Latin for seven years. Prior to joining the IDEA Studio staff, she worked as a facilitator in the WINGS program, an online mentoring program for new teachers sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin. Karen's professional interests include training K-12 and university faculty to integrate technology into classroom instruction. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of reflection in electronic discourse and the online mentoring of novice teachers.
Rob Scordino is a Graduate Research Assistant at the IDEA Studio. He is working on his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Instructional Technology. Rob earned his undergraduate degree in history and master’s degree in social studies education from the University of Florida. His research interests include technology in the social studies, instructional design, and usability.
Royce Kimmons is a Post-Doctoral Research Affiliate and Instructional Designer in the College of Education. He holds a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology as well as a Master's degree in Teaching. His research interests include online learning, social networks, technology integration, and identity in online spaces.
Michelle Fulks Read is a Graduate Research Assistant in the IDEA Studio and a Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Instructional Technology. Michelle's professional experience includes 15 years as a teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, school web developer, and Intel Master Teacher. She holds two master's degrees, both obtained through the UT Telecampus system, in Educational Technology and Literacy Studies. Michelle's research interests include the successful and practical integration of technology in the average classroom and its impact on student performance and overall literacy development.
Gregg Orr is a Graduate Research Assistant in the IDEA Studio. He is working on his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Instructional Technology. Gregg also holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education. Before joining the IDEA studio, Gregg worked as an instructional designer developing online courseware for Dell, IBM, The State of Texas, and Swire/Coca-Cola of China. Gregg's research interests focus around the contributions of mobile learning to the educational experience.